The Lake Hotel, built in the late 1800s along Lake Yellowstone, is the oldest hotel in operation in Yellowstone National Park and is cozier and more upscale than ever before after the latest round of renovations, said Rick Hoeninghausen, director of sales and marketing for Yellowstone National Park Lodges. Upon arrival, the Lake Yellowstone Hotel’s massive white columns welcome you to a time of classic, yet casual elegance.
While many of the hotel’s amenities are new, it “still gives you a feel for the history and heritage part of golden age of touring in the park,” Hoeninghausen said.
According to Historic Hotels of America, the hotel was remodeled in 1903 by Architect Robert Reamer and has since undergone a series of remodels and additions over the years. The latest renovation was in 2014.
The charming hotel, which is a member of Historic Hotels of America, takes guests back to a time before cell phones and televisions. Since there are no televisions or radios in the rooms, guests congregate in the common areas and often make new friends.
In the summer, a string quartet plays during the evenings in the lobby while people play board games or share the experience of putting a puzzle together.
“It’s one of my favorite things about the hotel – it brings people together,” Hoeninghausen said. “People recount the day’s adventures and amazing experiences with the string quartet backing you up.”
If a guest only has one night, Hoeninghausen recommends arriving early, taking a hike on one of the trails near the hotel, take the Yellowstone Lake Butte Sunset Tour to see views from a nearby overlook, have a nice dinner and relax in the lobby with a cup of tea or a cocktail.
Built in the 1920’s but completely remodeled in 2003/04, these simple, comfortable duplex units are clustered near the hotel. Cabins are configured with two double beds and a private bathroom with shower only (no tub.) Coffee maker, fan and clock included in the cabins.
The season is open from mid-May to late-September. Rates will run from $149 a night for the Frontier Cabin to $629 for the Presidential Suite.
Access to business center is included with all Lake Hotel rooms and cabins. Televisions, radios, and air conditioning are not available in park lodging.